Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Pfeifferhorn FKT?

Winter, 2010
Last year I time trialed the Pfeifferhorn and thought I came away with a fastest known time (FKT).  Turns our faster times were known.  I ran a time of 1:07 from the White Pine parking lot to the summit but Karl Meltzer had run 1:06:10, I just didn't know that. When I heard this I figured I better go up there and give it another go.

I had Wednesday afternoon off and decided to make an attempt after eating Indian buffet for lunch and taking a 2 hour nap.  This might sound like a bad idea but it was one of the few afternoons I had free and earlier in the day I just couldn't say no to Katmandu.
Jared next to Red Pine Lake, 2011
Starting at the White Pine parking lot I made the first bridge in 7:30, the Maybird turn off in mid 23, the lake in 35, the ridge in 53 and the summit in 1:05:01. Toward the summit, I looked at my watch and saw 1:04.  Thinking I could make it in under 65 mins I blew myself up over the last little bit only to stop the watch at 65:01.  As I sat up there breathing hard, hurting, tired, without water, kind of cold,  and without a shirt I couldn't help but chuckle a little.  Seemed like a pretty stupid thing to be doing.  


A minute later I kept thinking about the few seconds/minutes here or there that were wasted, how someone out there should be able to summit in under an hour, and how maybe I need to try again. I'm guessing I'll find myself doing "stupid" things for quite some time.        


Gear:
Dynafit Varial Loose Shorts
Dynafit MS Feline Superlight

5 comments:

  1. when you texted me the time, I didn't realize that was a FKT. nice. I swear I heard someone has done it sub-hr. :)

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  2. smokin' fast.

    ...the part that blows me away is your buffet bender at katmandu a coupla hours prior to the attmpt. suprised you even got off the couch. i'm pretty much done for the day after a trip to the Kat. shoulda saved a few mo-mo's for the summit.

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  3. Amazing. Congrats on the new FKT. I am one who truly believes a good Indian meal is the way to go.

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  4. Bet you ate more than 527 kcal at lunch. Nice push.

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  5. Incredible time! Just did the Pfeifferhorn for the first time on Saturday. Took the Maybird route, far too much rock hopping and scrambling to the ridge for speed--and it's longer (my gps read 5 miles at the top). Came down Red Pine--much better.

    Q: Is there a preferred route/trail up to the ridge from Red Pine or it is just a mad scramble? (I'll check out your route via garmin connect).

    -Kendall

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